Carl Gustafson, who is engaged in general fanning and stock-raising on two hundred and eighty acres of land in Stockholm township, is a native of Sweden, his natal day being the 6th of February, 1875. He is the eldest child of John and Johanna (Axelson) Gustafson. The mother passed away in her native land and in 1910 the father came to the United States, now making his home with his son in his sixty-seventh year. They were the parents of six other children, who are as follows: Albin, living in Ida county, Iowa; Enard, a resident of the same county; Charlotta and Alma, both deceased; Alma, living in Ida county; and Axel, deceased.
Carl Gustafson was but a youth of sixteen years when he took passage for the United States. He first located in Sac county, Iowa, where he engaged in farm work for sixteen years. At the end of that period he had accumulated the necessary capital to become a property owner, and, coming to Crawford county, he bought one hundred and twenty 'acres in Stockholm township. He has since leased a quarter section, which he cultivates in connection with his own land. He is meeting with more than average success and is making extensive improvements on his place, which is rapidly becoming one of the valuable properties of that section of the county.
Mr. Gustafson was united in marriage on the 24th of February, 1900, to Miss Amanda Lundberg, a daughter of Axel and Matilda (Lindblud) Lundberg. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lundberg, but the first four, Phebian, Charles, Annie and Ida have passed away. Those surviving are: Hilda, the wife of John Turen, of Ida county; Nellie, who became the wife of Everett Warren, of Calhoun county; Hilder, who lives in the same place; Amanda, the wife of Carl Gustafson; Annie, who became the wife of C. Clausen, of Kiron; Alice, who married Nels Wickel, of Nebraska; and Mamie, of Sac county.
Mr. and Mrs. Gustafson have become the parents of four children: Mamie, who is nine years of age; Ernest, now in his seventh year; Vernal, who has passed her fourth birthday; and Florence, who is just entering her second year. The family attend the Lutheran church. Mr. Gustafson is highly regarded in the community where he resides and has made many friends during the four years he has been living there.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa. Vol. II. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1911.